Bright and beautiful, Gladioli, also known as Sword Lilies, are one of the most sought-after bulbs for summer flowers in the UK. Long admired for their spectacular spikes of funnel-shaped flowers, these perennials are also known for their stunning range of colours.
Easy to grow and long flowering, Gladioli deserve a spot in any garden. Since March is the perfect time to start planting these bulbs, discover what type of Gladioli are the best fit for your garden below.
- Compact plants
- Height – 60-80cm
- Perfect for containers and patio pots
- Great cut flowers
Brand new and beautiful, our Gladioli ‘Whitney’ boasts stunning salmon pink flowers with dark pink margins. They even attract bees and butterflies!
An RHS award winner. This elegant variety lights up the garden with vibrant magenta pink flowers. Flowering in early summer, they are ideal for adding colour to beds and pots.
Bring a rainbow of colour to the summer garden. These pollinator-friendly blooms are the perfect versatile plant. Plant them in pots, borders or grow them for cut flowers, the choice is yours!
- Produces large flowers
- Height – 90-100cm
- Perfect for beds and borders
A stunning scarlet beauty. This hot red Gladioli will definitely bring the heat to your summer border displays. Top tip – Plant in clumps with other shades for an eye-catching sight.
Add an unusual focal point to the garden with these bi-coloured blooms. With striking apricot flowers and a contrasting mauve throat, bring a touch of glamour this summer with this unusual variety.
An array of vibrant, large flowers. This collection includes ‘Adrenaline’ (cream with pink blush), ‘Black Velvet’ (violet-blue), ‘Carthago’ (orange), ‘Cha Cha’ (yellow), ‘Espresso’ (deep red) and ‘Sancerre’ (milky white).
How Do I Plant Gladioli Corms?
These easy to grow flowers can be planted from early March. To help you get ready for the spring gardening season, here’s our handy Gladioli planting guide:
- Plant from early March – May
- Plant corms 10-15cm deep and about 10-15cm apart in fertile/well drained soil.
- If planting in heavy soil, place sand underneath each corm to help with drainage.
- Plant in succession from early March onwards to the end of May at fortnightly intervals to ensure a continuity of flowers throughout the summer.
- Water regularly during growth.
- Minimum pot size: 12 inch deep and 12 inch in diameter.
- Add gravel to the bottom of the container to ensure good drainage.
- Plant corms 3-6 inches deep and 2-3 inches apart with the flat side down.
- Plant in 2 week intervals for continuous blooms.
- Water generously after planting.